Tickets will be on sale beginning today for the annual 2016 Friends
of Wadsworth Concert: The Legacy Continues, which will take place March
12 at the Charles Wadsworth Auditorium located at 25 Jefferson Street in
The evening of song and chamber music will feature rising
stars of the classical music world, with Newnan’s own Courteney Budd
returning to the Wadsworth as artistic director and host.
Musicians Nokuthula Ngwenyama on viola, Wendy Sutter on cello,
Laura Ward on piano, and returning is a familiar face to Newnan
audiences, Chee-Yun on violin will perform at 7:30 p.m. Budd, herself an
accomplished soprano, will also be joined by internationally-known
baritone Randall Scarlata.
Nokuthula Ngwenyama, also known as “Thula,” for short, is a
resident of Phoenix, AZ, not far from her native California. Ngwenyama
gained international attention after winning the Primrose International
Viola Competition and the Young Con- cert Artists International
Auditions at age 17. Plaudits followed her debut recitals in Washington,
D.C. at the Kennedy Center and in New York at the 92nd Street ‘Y,’ and
in 1998 Ngwenyama received the presti- gious Avery Fisher Career Grant.
Featured as a “Face to Watch” in the Los Angeles Times,
Ngwenyama’s perfor- mances as orchestral soloist, recitalist and chamber
musician garner great attention. Gramophone proclaimed her playing as
providing “solidly shaped music of bold, mesmerizing character,” and the
Washington Post described her as playing “with dazzling technique in
the virtuoso fast movements and deep expressiveness in the slow
Recent highlights include an appearance with the Sinfonieta
Cracovia performing Pendericki’s Viola Concerto and multiple domestic
performances, including appearances at the Kimmel Center in Philadel-
phia and on the People’s Concert Series in New York with the
Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson Trio. She also completed a recording project
of the three Bach Gamba Sonatas with keyboardist Eckart Sellheim.
Ngwenyama has performed throughout the United States and across four